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January 28, 2013

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The Baptist College of Florida Jazz Band.

After many requests, the eclectic Jazz Band from The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, under the direction of Professor Ron Branning, has released a CD of the groups' more popular songs. The new CD includes jazz arrangements of favorite hymns and frequently requested songs such as "Amazing Grace" and "Standing on the Promises." The CD also features BCF alumnus and guest vocalist Barol Bailey.

The BCF Jazz Band was established in 2002 in conjunction with the addition of the music education degree. The group performs both in schools and churches all over the area and frequently travels representing the college throughout the south eastern United States. On Preview Day, the Jazz Band is one of the featured ensembles that entertain prospective students, parents, and guests when they tour the campus.

The prestigious group is comprised of BCF music majors, BCF Guitar Professor Jay Erp and BCF Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis. Jazz legend and local celebrity Bob Snyder, who served as staff musician for Motown Records, Stax Records, and WJR Radio in the 60's, also performs with the group.

"Our ultimate mission is to provide our students with a great opportunity to serve the Lord through this unique music ministry," stated Branning. "It is our prayer that the CD and the songs will be uplifting and God honoring to all who hear it."

For more information about the new CD or upcoming musical performances at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800-328-2660 ext. 427 or visit baptistcollege.edu.